Gerald Tan to Drive Sport Garage’s Ferrari GT3 in Sepang 12 Hours
Gerald Tan has signed with Team Sport Garage for the most prestigious endurance racing event in Asia, the 2015 Sepang 12 Hours. He is the sole Singaporean driver in this multinational driver field. The Sepang 12 Hours is a joint organisation between Sepang and the SRO Motorsports Group, it will be part of the new Intercontinental GT Challenge to be launched in 2016. The blue riband event of the Asia-Pacific endurance scene will act as a prologue to the new series.
The 2015 edition of the Sepang 12 Hours will see 11 prestigious brands competing like Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Honda, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche, Subaru and Toyota. With major teams from both Europe and the Australasian region at the start of the Sepang 12 Hours, the race is set to be nail biting from start to finish. The majority of entrants will participate in the GT3 class, highlighting the attractiveness of GT3 racing.
“It is a dream of mine to race in a Ferrari, I have loved the brand all my life and I cannot believe that I am given the chance to race the 458 GT3 in what can be considered my home track and event. Fresh of the podium from the recently completed Sepang 1000km, I am really looking forward to carry the momentum into the 12 Hours of Sepang. Although this is the first time I will be driving with Sport Garage, their credentials in GT racing is nothing short of stellar and I am confident that our team will feature strongly in the GT3 class.
Staying hydrated will be key for this arduous race as teams and drivers have to cope with the severe Sepang heat and humidity. This is where I think my experience and acclimatisation will play in my favour as I have several years of experience racing in the Sepang heat. I also aspire to bring Singapore glory in this event as I will be the only Singaporean in the race. I will drive with my heart and soul while pushing as hard as I can to achieve a good result in my class and stand on the podium once again.” – Gerald Tan
Several global TV networks will be providing live coverage of this race. In South East Asia, Fox Sports Asia will show large parts of the race live through Fox Sports 3, Fox Play, the full race is available live on their website. Race highlights will be shown internationally on Astro Network, 7 Australia, Motor Trend/Torque Channel, Beln, Fox Sports Africa and Latin America. There will also be a live feed on the official website, http://www.sepang12hours.com and on the Blancpain GT Series website, with expert commentary from David Addison and Jack Nicholls.
Pictures of Sport Garage Ferrari 458 GT3 in action:
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Gerald Tan to return to 12H of Sepang in a Porsche GT3 Cup
Experienced endurance racer Gerald Tan will be returning to his home track and race at the 12H of Sepang this 28th August – 31st August 2014. The 12H Sepang race has become one of the toughest and most significant 12-hour endurance races in the world and has been attracting a growing number of top teams from Asia and around the world. 2013 saw one of the best grids for many years lined up to do battle for honours in all classes and the event was overall a great success.
Gerald has raced in the 12H of Sepang for 3 consecutive years from 2008 to 2010 in a Honda Integra and has since started his exploration of other endurance races in Dubai and Europe. In 2011, Gerald raced the 24H of Dubai and finished 3rd in class in a BMW 130i. 2012 saw Gerald racing in the 24H of Barcelona in a BMW 130i and the 24H of Silverstone in a Ultima GTR. In Gerald’s first foray into GT racing, he managed to podium the 24H of Barcelona in 2013 in a 997 GT3 Cup S and has since completed the 12H of Mugello in a Mercedes SLS GT3 and the 25H Spa Fun Cup.
“This return to Sepang 12H is a long awaited one where it will be my first time in a GT race car on Sepang. Having raced in Sepang since 2008 and gaining GT racing experience in Europe, I hope to be able to race in my home race and in a GT car. I am really looking forward to racing with Motorsport Services in their 997 GT3 Cup.”
The Motorsport Services Team was assembled in 2004 and has staff and crew from all genres of Motorsport including Formula 1, WRC, Blancpain Series, Grand Am and ALMS. Motorsport Services specialises in GT Endurance races around the world and has had numerous podium finishes at Bathurst 12h, Dubai 24h, Hungary 12h, Barcelona 24h and at almost every other track they have been to. While the team also specialises in Porsche GT cars Motorsport Services also service and look after a variety of other marques including Audi and Ferrari. Motorsport services will attend ThunderHill 25h, Dubai 24h, Bathurst 12h, Mugello 12h, Zandvoort 12h, Paul Ricard 24h, Hungary 12h, Sepang 12h and Barcelona 24h in 2015. More details about Motorsport Services maybe found here: http://www.motorsport-services.com/
The 12H of Sepang event has been transformed under the new Pacific Project Management (PPM) organising team, inviting many international teams to the race. “We are very happy that two of the biggest and most well-known motorsport and sport TV channels will be broadcasting the 2014 MMER,” says PPM Director Ian Geekie. “Along with other broadcasters soon to be announced, this means MMER will be reaching the amount of motorsport fans the event has never seen before. A big thanks to Asia motorsport Development (AMD) for helping us with these deals.”
Motors TV will be broadcasting the one hour race program on September 10th 6:25pm, and Fox Sports will be running the show through September 5th-12th, with news updates shown on Fox Sports Central in the lead up to the event.
GDL Racing is set to race for the seventh time the 25h VW Fun Cup at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit next weekend. The Belgian race opened to the Volkswagen-powered cars, is scheduled for 12-13 July.
After taking six wins in a row in the Italian group, the Gianluca De Lorenzi’s squad aims at the top again. In 2012 GDL Racing scored ninth overall and third in 2013 – no other Italian team achieved such result in 20 editions – when it claimed the pole position and the victory in the Diesel class, completing the race with all the three cars.
“It will be very difficult to repeat the same result of 2013. – Gianluca De Lorenzi commented – Furthermore this year we have 3 liters less of fuel and every race is different from the others”.
The GDL Racing team will enter three cars also in the 2014 race, one of them for the all-Australian crew Niall-Niall-Stutterd-Piavanini. On the second car Gianluca De Lorenzi will share the wheel with Canadian Perrin, Malaysian Koeng Liam and Singaporean Gerald Tan. A third car will be for Canadian Lee, American Pham and Hong Kong’s Nigel Farmer.
Original article: http://www.gdlracing.net/gdl-racing-set-for-spa-francorchamps-25h-fun-cup/
Gerald Tan debut in the Mercedes SLS GT3 to Kick Start 2014 race season at the 12H of Italy-Mugello.
Singapore, 28 February 2014 – Gerald Tan is scheduled to kick-off his 2014 season in the 12H of Mugello in Florence Italy. The 12H of Mugello is a new event added to the calendar and will be a great chance for European teams to prepare for the start of the racing season. Organisers are expecting a packed field of International Teams and Drivers. Singaporean Gerald has regularly become the sole representative of the national flag at these prestigious endurance events.
Following his podium success in the 24H of Barcelona in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S, top Italian team GDL Racing contracted Gerald for the 2014 season. GDL Racing will be fielding a strong line-up of cars and drivers for the Italian race as it is set in their home ground. Gerald will be racing in a Mercedes SLS GT3, his first time in a full specification GT3 car.
GDL Racing Team Principal Gianluca De Lorenzi mentioned, “Gerald has shown great potential in his performance at the 24H of Barcelona and our team is very happy with his speed and consistency. He got up to within 1 second of our regular team driver and his ability to drive 2 hour error free stints in the Porsche at speed was very impressive. We are looking forward to have Gerald be the Asian representative for Team GDL Racing. We are also very confident of Gerald’s ability to bring our SLS to podium glory again in our home race, the 12H of Italy-Mugello.”
Gerald is an experienced endurance racer with several 24H races like the 24H of Dubai, Silverstone and Barcelona under his belt including multiple appearances at the 12H of Sepang. Besides endurance races, he races regularly in the Malaysian Super Series with Team LTM-9tro in the Touring Production Category.
“I am ecstatic to be driving in the SLS GT3! I have always dreamt of racing in a GT3 car and my opportunity has finally come! I am very happy that GDL Racing has given me this opportunity again to race with the team. The team is a proper works team and I had a great time in Barcelona. I am eagerly anticipating my first taste of the SLS GT! But as always, we have to be focused and stay in the moment. I hope to bring glory for Singapore on European soil again!” said Gerald.
About 12H Italy – Mugello
Teams and drivers will gather at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in the rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy for the next round of this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Dunlop: the inaugural Dunlop 12H ITALY-MUGELLO, to be held on March 14 and 15. There are already over 50 teams registered to participate in this endurance race for GTs, touring cars and 24H Specials.
This year, the ‘Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello’ is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a permanent circuit, but, of course, racing heritage in Tuscany goes back much longer. The first roadraces already were held there in the 1920s. The current Mugello circuit, well-known as the venue for the annual Italian round of the MotoGP series, is a state-of-the-art facility with plenty of undulation, numerous opportunities for overtaking and challenging corners. The beautiful landscape of Tuscany serves as a breath-taking backdrop.
My 2013 Season has ended. Its been a typical motorsports season full of ups and downs! A summary of the highs and lows here:
My podium at the 24H of Barcelona with the GDL Racing Page Porsche GT3 Cup S was definitely a highlight of the year. First time in a GT car and finishing on the international podium!
Setting a 2m 22.2s time in the LTM Performance Singapore Subaru WRX STi race car at the Round 1 of the Zerotohundred.com ‘(00) TimeToAttack while winning the Time Attack Machines class was another highlight considering that was my first time in the car. The car has plenty of potential left in it, during the TTA, the car had braking issues and boost issues. A great result considering the circumstances.
The whole season of Malaysian Super Series was a huge let down though. The season started off great when we set a blistering time of 2m 33.2s in race 1 only to be protested for a technical infringement. The worst part of this was the protester was running blatantly illegal parts himself, but this is the ugly side of motorsports.
MSS Round 2 ended sadly with a blown engine while in 2nd place. Round 3 went smoothly with 2nd place in the bag until a pit stop error leaving me in 4th. Round 4 ended real early with a blown engine in qualifying. Round 5 we were once again competitive on pace but had problems with misfiring. Endless mechanical failures and errors meant a disastrous season for Team LTM 9tro Racing.
We can have all the pace in the world but we need reliability to finish a race and have sustainable results. Lets see if we will return for another season of MSS in 2014.
2013 has been a great season of seat time for me, I have never been to the track more than 2013. I want to thank the multiple sponsors that have made this possible for me. Your contribution has enabled me to further my passion and development as a driver. Many doors have been opened to me for 2014, I am looking forward to an awesome 2014!
I just secured an amazing drive to kick start 2014. Press release to follow shortly!
Detailed 2013 Season Results:
24 Hours of Barcelona – 3rd Position in 997 Class (GDL Racing 997 Cup S)
Zerotohundred Time to Attack Round 1 – 1st Position in Time Attack Machines Class (LTM 9tro Subaru WRX STi)
Megalap Time Attack Round 1 – 2nd Position in Turbo 4wd Street Tire Class (LTM 9tro Evo X)
Megalap Time Attack Round 2 – 2nd Position in Turbo 4wd Street Tire Class (LTM 9tro Evo X)
Malaysian Super Series Round 1 – LTM 9tro Honda Integra DC5
– Round 1 Race 1 (2nd place but later DQ) Race 2 (Finished 6th after starting from back of the grid)
– Round 2 DNF (Engine blown while in 2nd place)
– Round 3 4th Position (Pit stop error while in 2nd place losing us the position)
– Round 4 DNF (Engine blown while in 2nd place)
– Round 5 6th (Engine mis-firing while in 3rd place)